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connection with a string of home invasion robberies in danville, livermore and fremont has been amended to include robbery and attempted murder charged for the september orinda incident. >> we're glad that we were able to identify evidence that helped us to charge the crime. >> reporter: this august fremont home invasion was captured on surveillance video. you can see one of the suspects take down his hoodie revealing his face. the deputy d.a. said even though all six men were not necessarily present in orinda, they are all charged under the theory they were part of a larger conspiracy to commit these types of crimes. carol brown, who did not want to appear on camera today, said she's adjusting to a new normal. >> i'm very grateful to be alive. >> reporter: one of the six men charged had been a member of a controversial richmond program that mentors young men and pays them for meeting certain life goals. >> i would support that program and i'm sorry it didn't work out for him. >> reporter: the d.a.'s office would not say what evidence
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specifically helped link the six men to the orinda incident, but did say investigators have been going through physical, cell phone and other evidence over the last six months. in martinez, melanie woodrow, abc 7 news. san jose's police chief is saying he doesn't believe any policies were violated in the officer-involved shooting of a man running around naked in a residential neighborhood on friday. the suspect remains in critical condition. abc 7 news reporter david louie joins us live from police headquarters in san jose. >> reporter: san jose police started to roll out body cameras last summer, and this incident on friday was captured on three cameras. the video has not been released, however, chief eddie garcia believes there has been no violation of departmental policy. residents had called police because a man was walking around naked in front of children and adults on eva court near valerie drive. 53-year-old san jose resident john bradley bowles led police on a four-mile pursuit to a
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major shopping center. >> the suspect did not comply with commands and aimed what appeared to be a weapon at the officers. one officer subsequently fired at the suspect. >> reporter: it was discovered later the weapon was a caulking gun. the suspect then revved up the engine and appeared ready to drive off again. the pickup had already hit several vehicles during the police chase. >> additional officers fired their weapons at the suspect out of fear that he was going to enter the crowded parking lot and strike innocent people. a total of three officers fired at the suspect, striking him several times. >> reporter: three officers fired shots. all three were wearing body cameras and the video will be roo view ee eed as part of the investigation. the suspect was transported to valley medical center where he remains in critical condition. chief garcia says bowles has a history of mental illness. he's facing charged of assault with a deadly weapon, annoying
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and molesting a child, evasion and hit and run. the three officers have been placed on routine paid administrative leave. >> it appears the officers used that force because they wanted to save lives. >> reporter: in san jose, david louie, abc 7 news. new details now about an accident involving a cable car in san francisco. we learned today a 93-year-old man hit by the cable car has died. he was walking in the crosswalk at mason and filbert yesterday afternoon. service on the cable car line was stopped for more than an hour. to the weather now, our first week of spring is shaping up to be a wet one. abc 7 news was in san francisco where people with umbrellas in hand were prepared for the rain. there was a little mist in the city with showers farther north and east. meteorologist sandia pat sandhy tracking the rain for us. >> let's take a look at live doppler 7. it is active compared to days past and you will notice the yellows there indicating
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moderate rain moving across ocean avenue, across the bay shore. we take you into the east bay, street level radar showing you fremont, fremont boulevard where we are seeing some wet weather right now. on the peninsula from redwood city, middlefield road to palo alto, also tracking wiper weather for you. in the north bay we are seeing rain across vallejo. this is a 1, a light system. light to moderate showers tonight, breezy at times and a potential for thunder. use caution for the evening rush. those showers will create slick roadways obviously and you could run into some delays due to the weather. 6:00 tonight you see those showers picking up in intensity between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. you see those reds there along the santa cruz, san mateo coast. that is indicating the potential for heavier downpours, perhaps an isolated thunderstorm. i'll take you through the rest of your hour-by-hour forecast and show you what day out of the next several days, just one day
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will be completely try. you can track the rain using our abc 7 news app. make sure to enable push alerts for instant weather and breaking news updates any time. well, football players and fans are offering support tonight to 49ers legend dwight clark. as you've probably heard, clark has announced that he is suffering from als, also known as lou gehrig's disease. als affects the function of nerves and muscles in the body. the als association says just more than 6,000 people in the united states are diagnosed with als each year. that's 15 new cases a day. the life expectancy of a person with als averages about 2 to up to 5 years from the time of diagnosis. nfl players have four times greater risk of als and alzheimer's. that's according to a study by the national institute for occupational safety and health in cincinnati. carolyn tyler talked with someone who personally knows what clark might be going through. she's in the newsroom tonight.
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carolyn, what a tough, horrible diagnosis. >> it is. and this patient like many of us is offering his support to dwight clark. at the same time, he's hoping that renewed interest will lead to more research and treatment. there are nearly 20,000 americans living with als, including matt cheney. the lafayette resident was diagnosed 16 years ago, surviving much longer than most. >> it's good to have a positive attitude, an outlook, but with als, it will run its own course. >> reporter: the rare disorder affects its nerves and muscles, eventually robbing people of their ability to move, speak, swallow and breathe. this married father of two showed us how he uses his foot and an ipad app to communicate. >> it helps when my speech is fatigued. >> reporter: his caretaker also helps as he copes with challenges of this progressive disease. >> there are many, but the
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biggest is losing independence. >> reporter: the 57-year-old played football at merced junior college back in the '70s. he's been a 49ers fan all his life. >> when you heard about dwight clark, what thoughts went through your mind? >> any time anyone receives a diagnosis of als, a very emotional time. >> but there is hope according to dr. jonathan katz of cpmc. >> i think scientific research is reaching a point right now where things are beginning to tip a little bit. we're getting a little bit better understanding of the disease. >> reporter: matt cheney has been recognized for his work with the als association and is ready to reach out to one of the newest patients. >> if they have any questions, he's here. >> carolyn tyler, abc 7 news.
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well, there is currently no treatment or cure for als, but medical advances can help people function with this disease. at 6:00 we'll have a look at a device that is helping give a voice to patients who lost their ability to speak. the wife of hall of famer gale sayers says the chicago bears legend has been diagnosed with dementia. she told "the kansas city star" that her 73-year-old husband was diagnosed four years ago and she blames his football career. sayers played for the bears for seven seasons starting in 1965. he's also known for his relationship with teammate brian piccolo which was the late of the 1971 abc movie of the week "brian's song." a murder case that rocked an east bay community headed to court today. >> the young man accused of killing his friend's brother is not denying it happened. how his attorneys hope to spare him from a guilty sentence. also a possible new terrorist plot prompts a carry-on rule for international passengers.
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and a first look at how the ride is about to change for thousands of bay area ferry passengers. >> and a silicon valley company is offering employees thousands of dollars to leave the bay area. the motivation behind that money.
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people packed an east bay courtroom for the trial of a ying man accused of killing his best friend's 9-year-old
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brother. prosecutors say william shultz planned the murder because he wanted to see what it felt like to kill someone. laura anthony was in the courtroom and she is live in martinez tonight. laura. >> reporter: dan, this was a very emotional hearing this morning. many in the courtroom were crying, including at least one juror. shultz' attorney argued that her client was delusional, but the prosecution argued that william shultz was executing a larger plan. william shultz carried a survival bag with maps, first aid kit and jagged-edge knife because he thought a world war was imminent. to get ready on april 26, 2015, he decided to try his hand at killing. that's according to a contra costa prosecutor on the first day of shultz' trial in the murder of 9-year-old jordan almgren. after his arrest, shultz told detectives i needed to see what it felt like to kill somebody. >> jordy was enormously
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friendly, happy and welcoming boy. >> reporter: an avid baseball player, jordy as his family called him was stabbed five times as he slept in his bunk bed inside his discovery bay home. shultz was a guest, the best friend of jordy's older brother. the almgrens did not know shultz had just fought with his mother and sheriff's were called or that he had just had a mental health evaluation. his five-inch hunting knife was the murder weapon. what he didn't plan on was slashing himself on the arm. he told police i noticed i was dragging blood all over the carpet. i knew they could test the blood and figure out whose it was. in her opening statement, shultz' attorney did not dispute that he killed the boy but said it wasn't premeditated. the evidence you will hear will not make sense of jordy's murder. the evidence you will hear is about billy's unraveling reality.
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reuters is reporting a terrorism threat has led to a new carry-on rule for flights from certain countries in the middle east and africa to the u.s. passengers will have to check almost all electronic devices. the rule affects devices larger than a cell phone and will impact over a dozen airlines. officials tell reuters news that the electronics ban follows a terrorism threat and is expected to be officially announced tomorrow. the department of homeland security says it does not comment on potential security precautions. as rain returns to the bay area, most of a santa clara county park is still closed. abc 7 news was in san jose where there are "do not enter" signs in parts of hellier county park. a few areas, including the dog park are open, but most of it has been closed since the flooding of coyote creek. park staff continue to work to clean up the damage. so far there's no word on when the park will fully reopen. abc 7 news was at pier 9 as the water emergency transportation authority showed
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it will shuttle more passengers and bike buyicycles on the shut right now. >> that's going to enable them to increase service on existing routes but also launch new services, like richmond-san francisco or treasure island-san francisco. >> bay ferry will go from 11 vessels today to 16 by 2019. some of those will be able to hit higher speeds to expand vallejo to san francisco route. ferries to cars now. one lawmaker wants to make it easier for drivers to pay parking tickets and all the fees they carry. >> michael finney is here with that story and more. >> this is a great idea. a new bill would require cities to provide low income drivers with more options when paying for parking tickets. if it passes, a new law would make cities to allow parking
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fines to be paid for over a period of 12 months. cities with existing payment plans would be barred from charging individuals a fee to participate in these types of programs. the kaufcost of a parking ticken spiral out of control with the addition of bnb fees, late fees and city fees. >> we believe in holding people accountable for following the rules. we just think that the penalty assessment has gone crazy. >> the bill does not set an income level to determine who is eligible to take part in payment plans and who is not. if predictions hold, airports are going to be packed this spring. u.s. airlines expect to carry 4% more passengers this year than last. the trade group airline for america forecasts a record 145 million u.s. passengers will fly between march 1st and april 30th. the good news, the airlines are
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adding seats and flights. i want you to especially look for additional nonstop long-haul flights. there are some great deals out there. ticket prices are cheaper than average but this could be the end of good times for passengers. there are indications prices will soon start going up again. saks fifth avenue is the latest retailer to report a hack of customers' information. buzzfeed first reported the breach that included shoppers' e-mail addresses and phone numbers. the information was visible on the retailers website. the pages reviewed by buzzfeed are no longer online. the exposed data was visible only over a specific link on the saks site where customers went to join a wait list for products. saks is working quickly to fix the breach and key data like credit card numbers were never expo exposed. 7. hi there, everyone.
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and happy spring. the workweek is off to a wet start as you take a look at live doppler 7. we are seeing light rain but there are pockets where we're seeing brief downpours. across 80 heading into emeryville, the bay bridge, we are taking you to street level radar and we're seeing downpours around dublin boulevard, livermore across 580. there will be damp roadways from san francisco to daly city, san bruno and in the north bay the rain has been primarily confined for most of the morning but then it started to spread. so heading into san rafael, it is wet. a little gusty as well. half moon bay gusting to 23 miles an hour, so we'll keep the breezy conditions in the forecast. golden gate bridge camera showing you the slick roadways for the evening rush. temperatures right now in the low 60s san francisco, mountain view, 55 in half moon bay. a live look from sfo where they are been continuing to report arrival delays due to the weather. up to three hours at times. 58 in santa rosa, 60 in livermore. one other live picture from our
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exploratorium camera. you see those raindrops? you'll be seeing a lot more of this. rain overnight tonight, wet for your morning commute. we do have the potential for thunder and hail tomorrow and an unsettled pattern for the rest of the week. so on our storm impact scale, this is a light system. for tonight through tuesday you're looking at light to moderate showers, breezy at times, and the potential for those thunderstorms, especially tomorrow afternoon when we see some sunny breaks, we may encounter some hail as well. so hour-by-hour forecast, 7:00 tonight you're seeing the widespread shower activity intensifying a little bit at 9:00 this evening. we had until 11:00 p.m. it is going to be a wet commute. so plan accordingly, you'll need extra time during the morning commute to get to where you need to go, whether it's work or taking the kids to school. at 9:00 a.m. the shower activity lightens up a bit and it's not as widespread tomorrow morning. then you get a little bit of a breather but this is what could destabilize the atmosphere as you get some cold, unstable air
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moving in and that's when we're tracking some thunder tomorrow afternoon, evening hours. still the potential for wet weather going into wednesday morning's commute. it could be briefly heavy. 5:00 to 7:00 a.m., even to 9:00 a.m. and here's a look at the rainfall totals really by later on going into tonight. not a whole lot, anywhere from a 10th to half an inch. so far most areas have been under a 10th of an inch where it has rained today. 9:00 a.m. wednesday we could track up to an inch of rain for our wettest spots. it does turn to snow in the sierra nevada. a winter weather advisory starts 1:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, runs until wednesday morning. expecting up to a foot over the crest. 4 to 8 inches above 6500 feet and that means travel delays. the snow level will come down even more to about 5,000 feet as we head into the middle of the workweek. temperatures first thing in the morning really starting out in the 50s. pretty mild. but you'll need the rain gear tomorrow afternoon. make sure you hang on to the umbrella. showers and a chance of thunder.
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temperatures will range from the upper 50s to the upper 60s for our warmest spots. on our storm impact scale, a moderate strength storm comes in a 2 for friday. heavy rain, gusty winds and heaviest rainfall in the north bay. that hour-by-hour look will take you into friday and you see it is widespread. nothing like the storms we saw earlier this winter. accuweather seven-day forecast, 1 tomorrow and wednesday, chance of thunder, dry thursday. 2 for friday and then the weekend does look unsettled, kristen and dan. 1 saturday through monday. >> thanks, sandhya. the warriors preseason will start with a serious road trip and give the team an international distinction. and then at 5:30 on world news. >> we'll have more on the breaking news. the fbi confirming they're investigating the trump campaign. plus, which airline will now be banning most electronics from carry-on luggage? and the high school teacher accused of kidnapping one of his students. the new images police want you to see. that's all coming up.
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new at 6:00, a 7 on your side warning from michael finney. bay area residents of getting creamed by a beauty product with astronomical costs they did not expect. we'll have that
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athletes, entertainers and tv personalities are all ready to hit the dance floor because "dancing with the stars" returns tonight. >> you know it's season 24 of this hit competition. abc 7 news spoke with actress and comedian charo and eric a jane, they're getting used to the tough training schedule. >> i do not recommend it to anyone who is not fit already, so take that. >> it's a serious job. it's a challenge.
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>> at 66 years old, charo is the oldest competitor. david ross is the first pro baseball player on the show. >> olympians simone biles and nancy kerrigan as well as mr. t are also part of the cast. catch the season premiere tonight at 8:00 right here on abc 7 news. you know, usually the ice skaters and the athletes do very well, so this is going to be interesting. >> that's becaus they're so used to doing things physically. the warriors will be returning to play in china next week. >> the team president announced that the dubs will play two games against the minnesota timberwolves during preseason. it will be the warriors' third trip to china, more than any other nba team. >> there's no question that china is the single most important market outside north america for the nba. >> welt says more than 300 million people play basketball in china, making it the most
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popular team sport there. the warriors are also the most followed team in china on social media. >> making those trips doesn't hurt the warriors at one. one tech billionaire likes to supersize his fun. >> ahead, the story behind his epic weekend. and we want to share news viewer stephanie's picture for this video of rain this afternoon on i-580. you can share your video and pictures with us on social media. >> and use
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i'm ama daetz. coming up at 6:00, they frighten drivers and cause accidents on bay area roads. tonight a look at the tool the chp is now using to track down these rogue bikers. also bay area artists fear the worst from devastating budget cuts. one local republican offers an idea for financial help. that's all at 6:00.
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>> see you then. the head of amazon, jeff bezos, is a self-admitted nerd. >> that's why he had so much fun at a space and robotics conference. he got to pilot a giant robot, seemingly cut straight from a video game sci-fi movie. >> the robot is being developed by a south korean company. pretty cool stuff. a tech company is hiring and offering new employees interesting incentive, cash to leave the bay area. >> they will give employees $10,000 as part of the company's relocation -- or delocation package. this is the company's website. >> and they hope to attract people who want to work in tech remotely and are looking for a more affordable place to live. what do you think? it is a startup that helps users move data between apps. you'll find a link on our website, >> that's our report. we appreciate your time. >> thanks for joining us. now stick around for world news tonight with david muir. tonight, breaking news. the capitol hill bombshell.
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the fbi confirming they're investigating the trump campaign. did aides to candidate trump coordinate with the russians? plus director comey, shooting down president trump's assertion, saying there is no evidence president obama wiretapped trump tower. tonight, the white house firing back. also breaking at this hour, security crackdown. the airline banning most electronics from carryon luggage. is there a new terror threat affecting u.s. air travel? manhunt. the high school teacher accused of kidnapping his teenage student. authorities say he's armed and dangerous. tonight, the new images police want you to see. officer on trial, opening fire after a police chase. a 6-year-old boy shot in the


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